Kobe Bryant, the legendary basketball player from the Los Angeles Lakers team, will have his number 8 and number 24 jerseys retired in a half time ceremony. The event will take place on December 18, when Lakers host the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant retired on April, 2016, leaving behind a legacy of his 20-year career with the Lakers. He scored 60 points in his final game. He had made his debut way back in 1996.
His final game got him the title, “the ‘Lakers’ all-time point scorer’” and third on NBA’s all time-list with a sum of 33,643 points.
Bryant mentioned that he has always been enthused about his jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters.
“I certainly never imagined two of them,” Bryant added. He wanted a new number for the second half of his career.
Bryant wore the number 24 jersey during his high school matches. When he was traded to the Lakers in 1996, the number 33 jersey was unavailable since it had already been retired for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and number 24 was taken by George McCloud, a former Lakers player.
When he settled on the number eight jersey, he went on to win three NBA titles.
He changed to the number 24 jersey for the 2006-2007 season, and went on to win two titles.
Jeanie Buss, Lakers Chief Executive, said, “Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful positions next to the greatest Lakers of all time”
Bryant is the 10th player to receive the honor after former Lakers legends, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West, and Jamaal Wilkes.